Irish Film Institute -THE RED TURTLE


Director: Michael Dudok De Wit

80 mins, 2016, France-Japan, Digital

This film was released on Friday 26th May 2017 and is no longer screening. 

★★★★ – Irish Times
★★★★ – Guardian

The first international co-production for Studio Ghibli, the world-renowned Japanese animation studio responsible for modern classics such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo, is directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, Dutch-British director of the Oscar-winning short Father and Daughter (2000). The exquisite beauty and profound simplicity of the results lend The Red Turtle the quality of an ancient fable.

The film opens with a ship on a stormtossed sea and a man thrown overboard into the crashing waves; castaway onto a deserted island, the unnamed protagonist is forced to subsist by whatever means he can, his only companions being a group of sand crabs. The man tries to make his way back to civilisation by building a raft, but his efforts are repeatedly thwarted by an enormous red turtle who destroys his meagre craft every time.

(Notes by David O’ Mahony.)

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